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Janesville shooting suspect faces 11 felony charges

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Ted Sullivan
January 12, 2011
— The Janesville man suspected of shooting two people Thanksgiving Day pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 11 felony charges.

Samuel Morrow, 25, appeared in Rock County Court on two charges of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two charges of first-degree reckless injury and seven charges of first-degree reckless endangerment.


Morrow is accused of shooting Eileen Chan, 21, and Robert Bowman, 28, during a gathering at 407 S. High St. Chan and Bowman were both admitted and released from Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville.


Attorneys on both sides argued Tuesday whether Morrow's bond should remain at $200,000 cash.


Walter Isaacson, Morrow's attorney, said his client has no criminal record or history of missing court appearances. He said Morrow could post $10,000 cash bond.


Isaacson said Morrow was not trying to kill anyone. He said Morrow wanted to scare people.


Isaacson said the court could set conditions of bond to protect the public such as ordering a curfew or preventing Morrow from having weapons.


Assistant District Attorney Kate Buker said bond should remain the same because Morrow is accused of shooting into a room of people. She said two people nearly died and children were in the home.


Buker said Morrow would have an incentive to flee because he could be sent to prison for a long time.


Judge Kenneth Forbeck ordered bond to remain at $200,000, saying the shooting was random, violent and without logic. He said keeping Morrow in jail also might protect him from himself or others who might want to harm him.


Morrow's next scheduled court appearance is Feb. 15.



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